Logistics – the seemingly simple process of moving goods from Point A to Point B – has been an American strength and continually improving science. Witness the ability of Amazon to deliver in as little as 2 hours in some markets.
The public has taken this capability for granted.
But now, in the Coronavirus era, we are experiencing rationing of meat, shortages of basic goods (paper products) and necessary ones (masks, drugs). Even for products and ideas not invented here, starting with the industrial revolution and most currently demonstrated by the smartphone, Americans improved and mass marketed better products in smoother supply chains.
How else could Walmart serve 200 million customers a year across 11,000 stores?
Even the remarkable performance of Amazon is enabled by Google mapping of the earth.
The much maligned U.S. postal service delivers more letters per employee than any other country in the Group of 20 (per this 2012 Oxford study). The historical success of the public-private partnership that landed a man on the moon 51 summers ago is now struggling to deliver testing kits despite a much publicized appearance of industry leaders with the President in the Rose Garden.
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